UK Researchers Showcase Potential Therapy for Parkinson’s Disease at

Posted: 11/4/2015
Two University of Kentucky researchers will present evidence supporting a promising new therapy for Parkinson’s disease as part of a showcase of scientific research and innovation during the Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) Parkinson’s Disease Therapeutics Conference. University of Kentucky College of Medicine professor Greg Gerhardt and associate professor Richard Grondin will today present “Therapeutic Development of siRNA Targeting Alpha-Synuclein” during the MJFF Parkinson’s Disease Therapeutics Conference in New York. The research studies whether targeting the alpha-synuclein protein is a safe approach to combating Parkinson’s disease. Gerhardt and Grondin were... FULL STORY
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$1.6 Million Grant to Sanders-Brown Researcher Will Fund Study of

Posted: 10/27/2015
The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) has awarded Joe Abisambra, Ph.D., of the University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging a five-year, $1.6 million grant to study a group of diseases called tauopathies. Tauopathies are a group of more than 20 neurodegenerative disorders that affect nearly eight million Americans. These disorders all share one common characteristic: deposition of a protein called "tau" into sticky bundles inside brain cells. While Alzheimer's disease is the most-recognized tauopathy, Pick’s disease, and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (originating from head trauma) are all a part of this expanding disease... FULL STORY
Tags: UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, Research

UK Begins Work on Research Facility Designed to Address State's

Posted: 10/23/2015
Flanked by Gov. Steve Beshear and legislative leaders, University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto Friday announced the beginning of work on a research facility unique in the country — a building dedicated to addressing health challenges and disparities in Kentucky. "Today, we commence building — not for ourselves, but for the future and the health of the Commonwealth of Kentucky," Capilouto said. "We have said that it is time for death to be a beggar in Kentucky. Today, we mark in a tangible and real way our intent to deliver on that promise." The research facility — scheduled for completion in spring 2018 — is a $265 million building. Half of... FULL STORY

Dutch named American Society of Virology President-Elect

Posted: 10/5/2015
University of Kentucky College of Medicine Professor Rebecca Dutch has been named President-Elect for the American Society for Virology (ASV). The American Society of Virology, comprised of over 3,000 members from around the globe, was founded in 1981 to provide a forum for discussion and collaboration for investigators of human, animal, insect, plant, fungal and bacterial viruses. ASV sponsors a large annual meeting, promotes communication about virology research to the broader community, and represents virologists on national and international scientific councils. Dutch will serve as the ASV president-elect for 2015-2016 and ASV president from 2016-2017. Dutch... FULL STORY
Tags: Faculty, Awards and Recognition, Biochemistry

Registration Open for Fifth Annual Markesbery Symposium Set for Nov. 20-21

Posted: 9/24/2015
UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging (SBCoA) is hosting its fifth annual Markesbery Symposium on Aging and Dementia on Nov. 20-21. This two day program will offer sessions for both scientific and community audiences. Clinicians and researchers from the University of Kentucky and other institutions will come together to share current findings, trends and the latest updates on dementia and aging disorders, particularly as related to Alzheimer’s disease. The Markesbery Symposium is in honor of the late Dr. William R. Markesbery, the founder and long-time director of the UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging and an internationally renowned expert on aging and dementia. On... FULL STORY
Tags: Research, UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging

New NIH and Journal Requirements for Research Forum

Posted: 9/23/2015
Joint efforts are underway by NIH and leading journals to enhance reproducibility in scientific research through increased rigor and transparency in study design, conduct and data reporting.  Please join us to learn more about current expectations and opportunities to address these requirements for grant funding and publishing research.  Presented by: Office of the Vice President for Research Good Research Practice Resource Center  Tuesday, October 27, 2015, 12:00 PM (MN 263)   Thursday, October 29, 2015, 4:00 PM (BPC 124)   
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American Heart Association Council Honors UK Cardiovascular Researcher

Posted: 9/10/2015
The American Heart Association’s Council on Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology (ATVB) will award Nancy Webb, a professor of pharmacology and nutritional sciences at the University of Kentucky, with its 2015 AHA Special Recognition Award in Arteriosclerosis. The ATVB council supports basic, translational and clinical research concerned with diseases of the blood vessels. The council annually bestows the Special Recognition Award to a member who has contributed significantly to the scientific council over time and enhanced this field of the profession. Arteriosclerosis, the leading cause of heart attack and stroke, occurs when plaque gradually... FULL STORY
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UK Researchers Find “Dormant” Parasite Cysts Are Actually Quite Active

Posted: 9/8/2015
A new University of Kentucky study in the journal mBio shows that tissue cysts of the parasite Toxoplasma gondii, long thought to be dormant, are quite active. Led by Anthony Sinai, professor at the UK College of Medicine, the study has significant implications on the understanding of chronic toxoplasmosis in the brain, a condition suggested to contribute to a range of neurological diseases including schizophrenia in humans, and the modulation of behavior in rodents. Toxoplasmosis can be acquired from the droppings of infected cats as well as the consumption of tissue cyst contaminated meat,infects roughly one-third of the human population. Infected individuals... FULL STORY
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Four Students Committed to Cardiovascular Health, Education Receive Saha

Posted: 9/2/2015
The University of Kentucky Saha Cardiovascular Research Center has selected four students committed to futures in cardiovascular health as the recipients of the 2015 Saha Awards for Cardiovascular Research and Education. Second-year University of Kentucky medical student Kristin Andres earned the 2015 recipient of the medical student honor. Committed to a clinical career in pediatric cardiology, Andres received a Professional Student Mentored Research Fellowship for the 2015-2016 academic year. Jennifer Miller, a doctoral candidate in the UK College of Nursing, received the University of Kentucky Nursing Student Award. With intentions of continuing scholarly... FULL STORY
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UK Researcher Awarded Grant to Study Link Between Obesity and Cancer

Posted: 8/13/2015
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) recently awarded a $750,000 grant to University of Kentucky researcher Fredrick Onono to study the potential link between obesity and breast cancer. Obese women are four times more likely to develop treatment-resistant breast cancer, but the exact mechanism for this observation is still largely a mystery. The link between high-fat diets and cancer development provides a clue that fats themselves may somehow be responsible for causing cells to malfunction. Onono, who recently became an assistant professor at the University of Kentucky, will work with fellow UK researchers Andrew Morris, Ashwini Anand Professor of Cardiology; Dr... FULL STORY
Tags: Research, Obesity associated complications, National Cancer Institute

SCoBIRC Research Published in the Journal of Neuroscience

Posted: 7/14/2015
Macrophages are cellular sentinels in the body, assigned to identify “attacks” from viruses, bacteria or fungi and sound the alarm when they are present. However, these cells are a “double-edged sword” in spinal cord injury, providing both neural repair-promoting properties and pathological functions that destroy neuronal tissue “We know from previous research that macrophages are versatile, and signals at the injury site can stimulate repair or destruction—or confusingly, both,” John Gensel, Ph.D., assistant professor of physiology in the Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Center at the University of Kentucky, said. “But the mechanisms through which these signals... FULL STORY
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Zhang to Lead New Institute of Biomedical Informatics

Posted: 7/9/2015
A new Institute of Biomedical Informatics at the University of Kentucky will integrate and leverage large data systems across the academic and medical enterprise to improve patient care, research and education. GQ Zhang, Ph.D., will join UK Aug. 1 as director of the institute. He will also serve as chief of the newly established biomedical informatics division in the UK College of Medicine and co-director of the biomedical informatics core of the UK Center for Clinical and Translational Science. The establishment of the institute and recruitment of Zhang and his research team reflect an enhanced investment in biomedical informatics across the UK campus... FULL STORY